Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vanity Finished and What did YOU get for Christmas?

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even in the workshop, cause the Vanity was finally done.

As it turns out our Christmas with the neighbors (and the little girl who is getting this piece) has been postponed a little bit (maybe tonight).  We are very happy with the end result, just hope she is.

So for Christmas I had a cool list of stuff I thought Santa might like to bring me, and Santa did very well indeed:

I got an Incra Mitre Gage for my Table Saw

I got the Porter Cable Dove Tail Jig that I asked for.

I got a Dust Deputy mini Cyclone for my Shop Vac.

And in my Quest to own everything that Kreg makes I got a couple extra mounting plates for one of my clamps and the Material Support attachement for the Jig.

I cleaned the shop last night (got to use the Dust Deputy) set up the Incra and mounted the DoveTail Jig to a piece of ply.

Maybe I can finish the rolling work stand on Thursday, and then get back to drawer front for the built in.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It begins to take shape, 2 days until delivery...

Thanks to The Wood Whisperer and his advice on finishing, the base of the vanity is all put together and I think it looks great!

The mirror support got a final coat of varnish just this morning, and I set the actual mirror:

I had to set the mirror this morning so we can perhaps join the mirror to the base tonight!  There is still the matter of trim around the mirror (we are planning to use sea-grass from my wifes baskets making stuff), and if you notice in the picture of the mirror, we might be using two of the old legs we didn't like as accents on both sides of the mirror.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Two and a half days till it must be delivered...

The vanity is coming along.  This has been a real collaberation between me and my wife and we have both worked on every piece of this unit.

I went out this morning and took a photo of the vanity as it sits with its first coat of varnish on it.

We used a dark walnut stain, which is a real departure for the look we both normally like, but is starting to look really nice.

Tonight I hope to hit this with some 000 steel wool and then wipe on a final coat of Varnish.  The I want to give a quick waxing.

We did find some new legs for the unit and also found a use for couple of the old legs.

We new we wanted to include a mirror on this vanity (18"x22" oval mirror with a beveled edge....  $35.00).  But the trick was to find a way to mount in onto the vanity itself.  This is what we finally decided on.:

So close, but still so far away.  Tomorrow is Wednesday, and MAYBE Wednesday night I can mate the mirror to the top of the vanity.

We were going to make a matching stool, but I don't see how we are going to have the time before Christmas eve....

Monday, December 14, 2009

From Concept to Funiture....Almost

Our neighbor mentioned to my wife that her 9 year old daughter really needed a little vanity to start putting her girlie stuff, and seeing as its Christmas, and seeing as how I have this niftly wood shop, wouldn't it be nice if we could build something for her.

I went out to the shop Saturday late afternoon and put the top together (birch ply with poplar edging), and Saturday night my wife and sat down and sketched up some ideas:

We spent most of the day Sunday out in the shop with the woodstove going, and at the end of the day we ended up here:

The legs we bought a Lowes, and we are not happy with how they are working out, so we need to find or build something else.  Christmas is fash approaching!